The Cedar Presents
HOWIE DAY with Emma Charles
Tuesday May 14th, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM
$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show
This is a seated show. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. After sales of over a million records and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road in support of his new studio album, Lanterns.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Day began playing piano at age five and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England. Shortly after graduating high school, Day became a fixture at college coffeehouses across the U.S. He wrote, financed and released his first effort, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. The Boston Globe called Day “gorgeously seasoned, far beyond his years” with “a brave, beautiful singing voice.” During his relentless touring schedule, Day began experimenting with effects pedals and loop-sampling techniques as he performed, layering live percussion with vocal harmonies and guitar parts to become a veritable one-man band. He went on to sell over 30,000 copies of Australia as he navigated the independent music scene and continued to hone his craft.
After signing with Epic Records, Day released his major-label debut, Stop All The World Now, and hit the road to support it. The constant promotion paid off: Stop was certified gold in the U.S. and spawned two Top 10 radio hits: “She Says” and the platinum single “Collide.” After three subsequent years of intense worldwide touring, Day moved to Los Angeles and returned to the studio. His next release, Sound the Alarm, built on the emotionally complex spirit of its predecessor and delved into Day’s journey from indie wunderkind to platinum-selling artist. Its lead single, “Be There,” became a staple at modern AC radio.
After parting ways with Epic and relocating to New York City in 2010, Day released the Ceasefire EP on his own label, Daze. Over the next two years, as a reenergized Day toured North America, Australia and Asia, new songs began to emerge and evolve. His fourth full-length album, Lanterns, was recorded in Boston with producer and longtime friend Mike Denneen. Awash with a warm musicality and unique instrumentation, the album also features guest vocals from Aimee Mann. Lanterns was released in April 2015.
Emma Charles is an up-and-coming folk pop singer songwriter with electronic influences who crafts stories about what it’s like growing up during this time. She is honest, relatable, listenable, and memorable. With a knack for catchy melodies and singable choruses, her songs transcend genre through the clear folk influences from the ‘60’s to the inclusion of the electronic soundscape and lush three part harmonies that have risen to popularity within the past 10 years. Charles is a gifted songwriter, storyteller and performer who is able to capture the sounds and nostalgia from the folk revival and present it in a modern and listenable way.
Emma is graduating from Berklee College of Music in the Spring of 2019 with a BM in Professional Music. She has studied predominantly under Grammy award-winning songwriter Paula Cole, and has sung backup for Cole at her performance at The City Winery in NY, NY. Emma has also been awarded a scholarship from the Voice Department at Berklee, which shows that the prestigious school has acknowledged her talent and sees in her a promising future. She has been featured in The Huffington post twice, as well as predominant blogs such as PopDose, Groundsounds and Coming Up Mag.
Emma draws from the sounds of classic music legends such as Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks, but incorporates modern electronic soundscapes reminiscent of artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Sara Bareilles, Kacey Musgraves and Bon Iver. She combines her effervescent and nostalgic folk sound with contemporary soundscapes to appeal to the modern listener.